I think of myself as a writer, which means that I don’t tend to worry too much about the format that I’m using. I write poetry and prose, fiction and non-fiction, and I also dabble with music and lyrics. But recently, I’ve been trying to figure out how it all fits together.
My music is definitely a hobby, even though I’ve got three albums out on Spotify and a couple of hundred songs to my name. When I was younger, I used to play a lot of gigs and open mics to try to promote my music, but these days I usually only get as far as the open mic at the Rose and Crown, the pub around the corner from me.
For me, my books are my profession and my music is just a little something extra. When I was a kid, I grew up wanting to be a rock star, but then I discovered that writing books was my true calling. That’s not to say that if I get offered a gig or a record deal, I’d turn it down. It just means that I spend my time working on my books and my writing.
Sometimes I worry that people will get confused, and that they’ll listen to one of my home-recorded albums and expect that the same quality applies to my books. But it doesn’t. Perhaps I could spend a bunch of money recording my songs in a proper studio, but I have too many of the things and I’m not sure if my budget will stretch to it.
And besides, it’s like I said. The music is just a hobby. I’d rather spend my money on professional editors, cover designers and other services that I need to make my books the best they can be. Perhaps one day I’ll be a rock star, but I doubt it. I’d rather be a badass author.
So that’s what I’m working towards.